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April 4, 2007 Leave a comment


+ Sydney Opera House has been rebranded by design giant Frost*.

Frost Design has created an identity for the Sydney Opera House, the first time in more than ten years that Australia’s iconic landmark has updated its marque. The consultancy chose a strongly typographic identity because the Sydney Opera House sail shape has become ubiquitous in logos of Australian companies, says Frost Design general manager and senior strategist Cat Burgess.


+ In the meantime Mumbai traffic police coasters wow us all with a very clever drink driving campaign . Whilst you may be enjoying a drink or two you are subtlety reminded of the dangers of drink driving by the images on the coasters appearing to bleed when moistened by your glass. A cleverly placed invisible red ink creates an eerie and effective illusion leaving me to wonder if this is a little more than just advertising? Very clever.

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+ Designers need to become more responsible not only to remain relevant but also credible or face becoming their own worst enemy. Read this article by Bruce Nussbaum and this one in Core77 that highlights a growing ‘disaffection’ for the big name designers, a disaffection also felt by the protagonists. Does this finally mean designers will become more practical as well as responsible or is it elitist resentment against designs’ success?

Jasper Morrison comes to the rescue of design, crafting the way forward expounding an

“approach to design, of leaving out the design, [which seems] more and more of the way forward.” By this he means working hard to ‘design out’ designerly flourishes, so as to get at the essence of an object and reach an understanding of its appropriate position within a historical visual context—or as he puts it, crafting objects that know their ‘place in the society of things.’ (via Core77)

+ Take a look at Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa selection of objects for the Supernormal exhibition during the London Design Festival and enjoy the dialogue on the blog – an unusual privilege that accompanies the exhibition with comments continuing to this day.

+ Open Architecture Network has launched (8 March)

+ Australian design stuff

January 20, 2007 2 comments

+ Modamuse – its always nice to see an new Australian Blog and on-line shop appear on the net. This is the work of two sisters Nancy and Jessica Lim who also co-own Wild Garden- a design label and online shop offering limited edition t-shirts and clothing.

+ check out the Powerhouse Museum acquisitions online. The information can vary from object to object depending on the amount of information on hand about each object as can the quality and detail of the photographs. This is an invaluable resource for historians and the anyone that is interested after an intriguing museum visit.

+ an on-line directory of independent Australian designers at Made it for those of you searching for all things new and beautiful made here. The directory is still growing so you will find new designers each time you visit.

+ another store, gallery and on-line shop based in Darlinghurst Sydney – Via Alley represent a range of Australian and nternational artists and designers. Check out their flicker account.

Dumbo feather, pass it on

December 11, 2006 Leave a comment

I had the opportunity to view this beautifully designed magazine/book (‘mook’) at the Designer’s Market held at the Powerhouse Museum on Friday night. In each issue of Dumbo feather features 5 creative individuals to tell their stories. Described as a ‘mook’ it’s produced quarterly and is printed on 100% recycled paper using soy-based inks.

Each person’s passion is unique whether it’s baking the best 100% natural sourdough bread in the world, producing fabulous fashion in remote Northern Pakistan, writing poetry, making music, fighting for human rights, finding a cure for malaria, painting, choreographing, exploring, wine making, film making…

Visit their site for more information and to subscribe.

Issue 09Issue 08Issue 07Issue 06Issue 05

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Favourite picks from Trendir

November 8, 2006 2 comments

Trendir is a home decoration trends on line magazine with a range of things from bathroom fittings, fireplaces, taps, tile flooring and wall tiles , furniture and basically anything used as housing hardware to interior fittings and the furnishings to make them comfortable. One thing you won’t find on the site are such things as soft furnishings, even though bedrooms , lounge rooms come replete with the desired acutrements.

Here some of my favourite finds on their site

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